The terms for the Brexit deal between the EU and the UK were “not met” due to a “significant gap”, despite a week of intense discussion in London, European negotiator Michel Barnier announced on Twitter on Friday evening.
The negotiators agreed to “take a break” from the discussions. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will “take stock” of the discussion on Saturday afternoon.
Negotiators say the same three points still block the conclusion of an agreement: European fishermen access to British waters, demand in London in terms of guaranteed competition and how to settle disputes in future agreements.
An agreement before the end of the weekend
Michael Barnier, who had been in London since the beginning of the week, should return to Brussels. Europeans aim to reach an agreement before the end of the weekend, for this the time to enter the European Parliament on 31 December must be confirmed. On that date, the British, who officially left the European Union on 31 January, would stop implementing European standards.
France will oppose its “veto” for a Brexit trade agreement if it does not meet certain requirements, particularly in the context of fisheries, said French Secretary of State Clement Buenne earlier.
“If there was an agreement that was not good (…) we would oppose it”, he announced on Radio Europe. 1. With veto? “Yes. Every country has veto rights,” he said.
The British and European are in the final stages of their laborious post-Brexit trade negotiations, where “everything can change” at any time, including “no deal” with its disastrous economic consequences.
The talks, which were held in London from the beginning of the week, ended late in the evening of Wednesday and resumed for the entire day on Thursday.
“We are at the end of the marathon, probably beyond 40 km (more than 42.2 km, editor’s note). But there is still some way to go,” Stephen de Rinck said on Thursday, adviser to European negotiator Michel European Policy Center Barnier during a debate organized by.
If both sides are “committed to finding a compromise” according to them, they are still struggling to move forward on the same three points: European fishermen access to British waters, competition in demand guarantees and compromise in London Method of dispute in future agreement.